Savory Waffles with Cheddar and Chives

These savory waffles with cheddar and chives work equally well for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Top with a fried egg and a dollop of sour cream for a truly excellent meal.

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Growing up, we were team pancakes and didn’t own a waffle iron. I never minded. I didn’t give it much thought until several years ago, when people were suddenly waffling everything from mac and cheese to pizza.

Americans can ruin anything, right? And yet still make you kinda desperately want the thing we ruined? It’s a barf-emoji-face/heart-eyes-emoji face vicious cycle.

Savory waffles are a game-changer

I don’t have the time or the emotional energy to try to fix that nonsense right now.

But I did get a waffle iron.

And of course, being a true lover of umami, I’m sharing a savory waffles recipe before a sweet one. Cheddar, chives, cornmeal, buttermilk. Go ahead and try to argue with that.

My daughter tried to argue with it, actually. She prefers whipped cream and syrup and vanilla-scented sweetness. Last night, when I told the girls what I planned to make for dinner, she said, “Those aren’t exactly my favorite waffles.”

So I said, “I bet they’re your favorite waffles that I’m going to make tonight.

Cashed in the Mom card. Suck it, sweet waffles. (And basically everything today, can you tell?)

Why we LOVE these savory waffles with cheddar and chives


The brilliant crispness of these waffles (which emerges after a quick stint in a low oven) is due to the cornstarch. I first learned this trick from Donna Hay and eventually developed this recipe with some heavy adaptations from Pamela Anderson’s waffles in Fine Cooking. (No, not that Pamela Anderson.)

We love these waffles because they make an incredible breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. They make the house smell amazing. They’re loaded with flavor and somehow also with comfort. They welcome a fried egg on top and a dollop of sour cream if you like. And they just make you happy. How’s that?

collage of ingredients going into a white mixing bowl including flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper, and mixing the dry ingredients together

Waffle ingredients

To make this meal, you will need:

  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter
  • Extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • Minced chives
  • And, if you like, a fried egg and a dollop of sour cream for serving
collage of buttermilk and eggs going into a pyrex measuring cup, being mixed and then poured into the white mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mixed gently but thoroughly. Then cheddar and chives are added.

How to make savory waffles

There’s nothing fancy or difficult about making waffles with cheddar and chives. You can watch the whole process in the video accompanying this post. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • First, mix together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. You’ll stir together the flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper until they’re well-combined.
  • Next, in a bowl or glass measuring cup (our preference), you’ll beat together with a fork the buttermilk and eggs until they’re well-combined.
  • You’ll add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently but thoroughly.
  • Then stir in some melted butter, and then shredded cheddar and minced chives.
collage where cheddar and chives are added to mixing bowl, waffle iron is preheated, and batter is spooned into the waffle iron. Then cooked golden-brown waffles are shown being removed from the iron.
  • You’ll cook the batter in batches in your preheated waffle iron until the waffles are golden brown.
  • And you’ll pop them into a low oven (just 200°F/93°C) directly on the rack for a couple of minutes to crisp them up a little extra on the outsides if you like.
  • Waffles are ready to serve! We recommend a fried egg on top and a dollop of sour cream.
Final collage shows an egg being fried and flipped in a nonstick frying pan and then the meal being assembled and cut into, with a bite ready to eat on a fork.

About our waffle iron

I don’t take the buying of single-purpose kitchen tools lightly, but we could not be happier with our waffle iron. This is the waffle iron we’ve had for a few years now, and I’m still as madly in love as ever.

Can you make these waffles in advance?

You can! Let’s say you’re hosting a big brunch and want to make a whole bunch of these waffles ahead of time. Or maybe you want a workweek’s worth of quick but fabulous breakfasts or dinners. You got it!

Make the waffles and simply reheat and recrisp them either in the oven at 200‚F (for a big batch) or in the toaster oven for a single serving.

Add-ins and substitutions

We think these waffles are perfection the way they are. But you can have a little fun with your own variations if you like. You could:

  • Add a minced shallot to the batter
  • Swap out the cheddar cheese for Gruyere or smoked gouda
  • Stir cooked, crumbled bacon into the batter
  • Top them with smoked salmon

What to serve with savory waffles

If you like, try these waffles with:

fried-egg topped waffles on a white plate against a blue wood background

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Savory Waffles with Cheddar and Chives

It's a true testament to my umami love that these savory waffles are the first waffle recipe I've ever posted. They make a wonderful breakfast or brunch but are equally good for dinner. Top each serving with a fried egg and serve with a dollop of sour cream if you like. This recipe makes eight or nine waffles in my waffle iron, which takes 1/2 cup batter per waffle, but your mileage may vary.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves Serves 4


  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (70 grams) yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A few good grinds black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3 ounces (84 grams) extra-sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh chives


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, corn meal, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly. Pour in the melted butter and stir to incorporate. Then stir in the cheddar and chives.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°F with a rack in the center. Preheat waffle iron to medium or medium-dark setting. (Waffle irons vary tremendously, so you may have to experiment a little.) Pour in as much batter as your waffle iron's instructions recommend and cook until golden. Gently remove each waffle from iron and place directly on oven rack. The waffles will still be slightly soft when they come out of the iron but will crisp up on the outside and stay tender on the inside while they rest in the oven.
  4. When all waffles are cooked and have had a couple of minutes in the oven, serve with fried eggs on top and a dollop of sour cream if you like.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 486 Total Fat:: 23g Carbohydrates:: 52.2g Fiber:: 2.4g Protein:: 17.4g

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